⚡ New Year - New Name - Fresh New Look to the Newsletter ⚡

Montgomery Power Line


This monthly newsletter is a way to distribute and transmit all things energy-related to our community.

Montgomery Energy Connection is a network of County Government and community partners. Created to provide customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Montgomery Energy Connection

name the newsletter

We have a NEW NAME!

RESIDENTIAL: Thank you to all who participated in our Name the Newsletter contest! We saw some incredibly unique and original names for the newsletter and we’re thankful for all those that participated, helped spread the word, and voted for our new name.

Congratulations to our winner, Stephen T., for coming up with our new name, Montgomery Power Line! Our newsletter is a way to distribute and transmit all things energy-related to our community, so the new name is fits us perfectly! Please make sure you have your friends sign up too! 

National 💩 Day is Coming...

poop day

RESIDENTIAL: Did you know that the day after the Super Bowl is National Poop Day? According to Urban Dictionary, National Poop Day falls the day after the big game as a result of all of the food and drink enjoyed the night before. Don’t flush away your money! Install a Toilet Tank Bank and start saving today! Did you know that 27% of all household water consumption is attributed to the toilet? That’s a lot of water and money to just be flushing away. The good news is – there’s a way to limit the amount of water used with every flush and that’s by installing a Toilet Tank Bank! (Available to Montgomery County residents for NO COST). Fill out this form to request your free Toilet Tank Bank today.

15 Energy Savings Tips for Homeowners


RESIDENTIAL: Brookfield Residential is committed to building energy-efficient homes and they came up with the fifteen energy savings tips for homeowners. Saving money on energy doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Making changes to your daily routine can dramatically affect your energy usage. The beginning of a new year is always a good time to review and learn some new home energy-saving tips to help lower your costs.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for Faith-Based Communities


COMMERCIAL: Join DEP, the Montgomery County Green Bank, Interfaith Power & Light, and energy efficiency and solar contractor Real Property & Energy Solutions to hear about coming energy regulations for faith-based communities, strategies for saving energy and going solar, and ways to engage your congregation in environmental stewardship at home. Register here, the event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30 pm. 

City of Gaithersburg Seeking Volunteer Fixers

fix it

CITY: The City of Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee is planning its first ever Fix It Fair on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Casey Community Center. Residents are invited to make an appointment to bring in personal items, such as toasters, bicycles or jewelry, for free repair. The “right to repair” and the ability to fix material is crucial to transitioning away from a disposal society. Fixers are key to saving useful materials from landfills.  If you are interested in volunteering as a fixer or any other capacity, send an email to environment@gaithersburgmd.gov by March 1, 2022

What We're Reading: Electrify Everything in Your Home

electrify everything

RESIDENTIAL: Have you heard about Joel Rosenberg’s new book, Electrify Everything in Your Home? It is a how-to handbook for American households to electrify their homes and lives, from how they heat their homes and water, cook their food, and dry their clothes to the cars they drive. This handbook is the nuts-and-bolts companion to Saul Griffith’s book Electrify! a comprehensive and optimistic action plan for fighting climate change and transforming the economy and lives through electrification.

jobs board

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region.  We post jobs for free if they:

  • are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental ed, etc.)
  • based in the DC or Baltimore regions. Jobs in Montgomery County or easy for our residents to commute to work!

We pre-approve each job before posting, but we do not guarantee the length of time jobs will be posted. To look for new job opportunities, click here.

new roundup

The News Roundup

The Montgomery County Energy Team receives tons of newsletters and articles every day, and these are a few articles that we wanted to share this month. These articles range from county, state, national and international stories, we hope you find them interesting and informative.

Cities: ACEEE each year ranks 100 major U.S. cities on their efforts to reduce energy waste in homes and buildings and move toward a cleaner, more equitable power grid, www.aceee.org

Clean Energy: A group of researchers at Stanford has set out to prove that a 100 percent renewable energy grid by 2050 is not only feasible but can be done without any blackouts and at a lower cost than the existing grid, www.popsci.com

Coal: The world’s largest coal plant located in Australia declared it would be powered completely by renewable energy, part of a larger plan to decarbonize its business by 2040, www.thehill.com

Electric Vehicles: According to new data released by Consumers Energy, use of electric vehicles could cut drivers’ costs by as much as 60 percent, thanks to charging costs as low as 16 cents per kW hour, www.dailyenergyinsider.com

Shingles: GAF Energy, a spinoff of the world’s largest roofing company, launched a new solar roof today that it believes can succeed—and that could help radically speed up the adoption of home solar, www.fastcompany.com

Solar: Solar prices increase for second straight quarter due to supply chain constraints, www.dailyenergyinsider.com

Solar: The U.S. solar industry will grow 25% less than previously forecast during 2022, according to a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, www.cnbc.com

Sugar: Solugen uses corn syrup to make chemicals with no emissions—and without the dangerous conditions and other pollutants that usually accompany chemical manufacturing, www.fastcompany.com

Vans: FedEx received its first five electric vans from Brightdrop, GM’s electric delivery company, in the L.A. area. They’ll start showing up on delivery routes in early 2022, www.fastcompany.com

Wind: Shipping carries more than 80% of all goods traded globally but also accounts for almost 3% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions, Seawing, a giant kite is on the list of things the industry is exploring in its quest to decarbonize, www.bloomberg.com

upcoming events

Mark your Calendar: FeBREWary is Near


FeBREWary is Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, and with craft brew events on tap across the state, it’s the perfect time for a beer lover’s getaway. For the entire month of FeBREWary, we will be visiting local OUTDOOR breweries to bring you socially distant ways to swap out old, inefficient bulbs. Why? Because we want you to be able to spend more money at local breweries this month and all year round and one way to do that is by lowering your utility bills.